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June 2020 Go North East Photograph by Ken Weaver
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This vehicle has received new sub-branding for service X20 on the external cant rail, showing the revised route details (Sunderland - Houghton-le-Spring - Durham - Langley Park) following the service changes which took place from Monday 1 June 2020.
June 2020 Go North East Photograph by aptyldsley
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Service changes from Monday 1 June 2020 resulted in X-lines service X20 being extended from Durham to Langley Park, via Arnison Centre, to replace service 14 and offer new cross-city journeys. As such, services X6/X7 have been taken out of the X-lines brand, with larger single-deck buses being used currently to help with social distancing for passengers using these services. As such, this vehicle has received new internal branding for service X20, including cove panels and a rear mural. The cant rail branding has been stripped to remove the reference to Peterlee, although will be replaced in due course.
June 2020 Go North East Photograph by neilharrison
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From Monday 1 June 2020, in line with guidance from the government, Go North East's bus services will start returning to what can be considered a 'normal' level of service on weekdays (albeit still reduced on weekends), also with some minor changes which had originally been planned to take place from 17 May 2020. As such, this vehicle has now been reinstated at Deptford.
April 2020 Go North East
Following completion of all required vehicle re-allocations; this vehicle has been temporarily withdrawn from service due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and has been officially delicensed (SORN'd), enabling Go North East to obtain a tax refund.
June 2019 Go North East Photograph by Lee Calder
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Following repaint; this vehicle has received "X-lines" branding, with sub-branding for services X6/X7 and X20, promoting the fast links between Sunderland and Peterlee or Durham, which these services offer. Whilst the majority of branded buses will now include advertisement frames as standard, "X-lines" branded buses will not include these, aiming to make them stand out against standard local buses. Each bus has a different message on the rear, with this example promoting the £25 all-zones weekly ticket available on the mobile app.
May 2019 Go North East
Following recent service changes and consequent re-allocations, this vehicle has lost its "indiGo" branding having been repainted into a new four-colour base livery. The livery is mostly gold-based at the front, with a berry colour at the rear. Prior to being repainted the bus was also fitted with USB charging sockets at Thornton Brothers, Ashington.
May 2019 Go North East
In line with service changes and the introduction of new brand identities, there were a large number of vehicle re-allocations which took place on Sunday 19 May, the significance of which have been likened to the South Shields and Bishop Auckland depot closures in 2005 and 2006 respectively. This vehicle has transferred from Percy Main Depot to Deptford, where it will be allocated to the revised X6/X7 services and the enhanced X20 service (which now runs all day Monday to Saturday instead of at peak-times only). "X-lines" is a new brand identity introduced to house express or limited-stop services and is designed to provide a more premium customer experience.
March 2016 Go North East Photograph by Daniel Graham
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This vehicle has entered service at Percy Main Depot.
March 2016 Go North East
Prior to entering service, this vehicle has received "indiGo" branding for the local network of services operating out of Percy Main Depot.
March 2016 Go North East
This vehicle, which carries a plain pink base livery, has arrived into the Go North East fleet. It is currently being prepared for service at Saltmeadows Road Depot. Representing an investment of approximately £1,200,000, Go North East has ordered nine Optare Solo SR minibuses to be launched on the "North Tyne Links" network of services at Percy Main Depot. The services will be re-branded as "indiGo", promoting connections to Whitley Bay, Cobalt, Newcastle and beyond. These brand new buses feature Esteban Civic V3 seating complete with e-leather; two-colour Tarabus 'Wood Effect' flooring; and blue accent lighting, which is fitted underneath seats, to provide extra light on the gangway. They are also fitted with free passenger Wi-Fi and Next Stop Announcements.
September 2019 Go North East
This vehicle has transferred from Riverside Depot to Chester-le-Street. At Chester-le-Street, this vehicle should see primary allocation to services 13/14/25/X22, but also remains available to act as a spare double-deck vehicle for services 21/X21.
September 2012 Go North East
This vehicle has entered service at Washington Depot.
September 2018 Go North East
Following changes to Nexus Miscellaneous Works and scholars contracts, which has seen Go North East being awarded with over 70 of the available contracts, this vehicle has transferred from Chester-le-Street Depot to Washington. It has been allocated to Washington to operate the newly awarded contracts at Washington and to also act as a spare vehicle for "Red Arrows" services X1 and 921,... see more
September 2006 Go North East
Prior to new branding being launched, this vehicle has been repainted into Go North East's new red, yellow and blue 'swoop-style' fleet livery at Hogarths Coachworks, Birtley.